Prof. Alexandra Balbir-Gurman, MD has been Director of the B. Shine Rheumatology Institute at Rambam Health Care Campus since 2007. She immigrated to Israel from Ukraine in 1989 and completed her Residency in Internal Medicine (1990-1994) in the Department of Internal Medicine at B’nai Zion Hospital; she specialized in Rheumatology Department at Rambam (1994-1997) and has been a Senior Rheumatologist since 1997. In 2000, she had a fellowship in The Connective Tissue Diseases Unit at Royal Free Hospital in London under Prof. Carol M. Black. Prof. Balbir-Gurman is Clinical Associate Professor at the Technion Faculty of Medicine; she is also a member of national (Israeli Society of Rheumatology) and international organizations, such as ACR and EULAR; she is an active member and counsellor of the Scleroderma Research Group (EUSTAR) and a member of the EULAR Target US initiative. Prof. Balbir-Gurman has organized several US courses for Israeli rheumatologists, workshops on vascular problems in Scleroderma and capillaroscopy; every two years she organizes an International Rheumatology Conference on the Scientific Basis of Rheumatology in Israel. Prof. Balbir-Gurman maintains the largest Israeli scleroderma registry, and operates a busy scleroderma clinic and a multidisciplinary fibro-vascular clinic for patients with respiratory problems and rheumatic diseases. She has published articles in the field of scleroderma, myositis, vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, biological therapies, and the use of US in rheumatic diseases.